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n. pl. peshmerga or pesh·mer·gas
A member of a Kurdish militia.

[Kurdish pêşmerge : pêş, in front of, before; akin to Avestan paiti, against + merg, death; akin to Avestan mahrka-.]
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Noun1.peshmerga - a member of a Kurdish guerilla organization that fights for a free Kurdish state
Kurd - a member of a largely pastoral Islamic people who live in Kurdistan; the largest ethnic group without their own state
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Erbil / National Iraqi News Agency / nina / PM of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani called on Germany to increase sending military aid to Peshmerga forces in its war with Daash.
The Peshmerga purged tens of square kilometres from the ISIS.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces thwarted an ISIL Attack on a Peshmerga position in Gurmz village near Tal Afar in Nineveh province, a Peshmerga official said Saturday.
IRBIL, Sept 11 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces announced Friday that it liberated a number of villages in southern Kirkuk city, north of Iraq, from so-called ISIL in a military operation, killing around 80 ISIL militants.
The push in Kobani came a day after YPG fighters opened a corridor between their positions in northeastern Syria and Mount Sinjar in neighboring Iraq where Iraqi peshmerga fighters have been on the offensive as well.
The two-pronged push is being launched from Rabia, on the border with Syria, and Zumar, on the shores of Mosul dam lake, senior officers in the Kurdish army -- known as the peshmerga -- said.
ANKARA (CyHAN)- Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli has lashed out at the government for allowing Kurdish peshmerga fighters to cross into Syria via Turkey, saying it is an act of "treason.
A group of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga troops arrived in Turkey early yesterday on their way to Syria to help their Syrian Kurdish brethren fight Daesh extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani.
Summary: Kurdish peshmerga forces are ready to depart for Syria to aid embattled town of Kobane but are being held up by neighbouring Turkey.
On Thursday, August 28, 2014 the terrorists calling themselves the "Islamic State" (IS) released a video depicting the beheading of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter.
ARBIL / Aswat al-Iraq: The Kurdistan's Peshmerga ministry sent a peace plan to Baghdad through the security cooperation office of the US army in Iraq, according to the media office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
Berham Salih, said Tuesday they had taken a decision to unite all Peshmerga forces of regional political parties within the framework of existing laws.